The 10 dirtiest beaches in Mexico and the effects of pollution on your health


According to the monitoring carried out by Semarnat, in some beaches of the country, there is a greater number of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and earthworms that can harm health.

Are you on the beach or will you visit one of these vacations? Some of them have a degree of pollution close to the limit that the authorities have established to indicate that they are suitable for submerging.

According to the measurement of the quality of the sea water made by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), although all the beaches of the country are in the parameters of pollutants considered suitable, in the states of Guerrero, Nayarit, and Michoacán some are in the pollution limit to be suitable.

The monitoring carried out by Semarnat is responsible for establishing, from the analysis of water, which are the beaches in which there is a greater number of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and worms that can harm health, present in the wastewater that, sometimes, they are discharged directly to the sea.

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Next, Animal Político presents you the 10 dirtiest beaches in the country (of which six are in the area of Acapulco, Guerrero):

1) Papagayo Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero. On this beach, the level of contaminants is found in 198 of 200 which is the limit before it is determined that the water of that place is not suitable for submerging.

2) Nuevo Vallarta II beach, in Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, with 191. According to representatives of the Riviera Nayarit, the poor results in the water measurement were due to the fact that between June 11 and 19, 2018, a period of the one that took the sample, the hurricane Bud affected the coasts, “generating a series of intercontinental washes”, because in a normal measurement the pollution levels do not exceed 10 bacteria per liter.

3) Icacos Beach, in the area of Acapulco, Guerrero, with 189.

4) Copacabana Beach, in Acapulco, Guerrero, with 183.

5) Chuquiapan Beach, located in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, with 173.

6) Bucerías Beach, in Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, with 165. Bucerías was also affected by Hurricane Bud.

7) Chacala Beach, in the Compostela area, Nayarit, with 163.

8) Hornos Beach, located in Acapulco, Guerrero, with 158.

9) Caletilla Beach, in Acapulco, Guerrero, with 154.

10) Carabali Beach, in the area of Acapulco, Guerrero, with 152.

Here you can consult the complete list of beaches and their pollution levels.

What happens if you get contaminated on the beach

According to environmental authorities, some of the diseases and symptoms that can be caused by microorganisms present in seawater are gastroenteritis, salmonellosis, cholera, otitis, conjunctivitis, respiratory and skin diseases.

Also, fever, colds, gastroenteritis, diarrhea and digestive ailments could occur.

To decide when and where it is better to swim, Semarnat recommends respecting the warnings of the authorities, avoid swimming next to drainages or mouths of rivers and lagoons, as well as being aware of the climatic conditions before and during your visit to the beach.

In case of heavy rains during the day, it is recommended to wait at least one day to swim on beaches located in “open sea”, and three if they are in small and closed bays, as well as in coastal lagoons.

It also suggests that before swimming or practicing any water sport observe that the water is not dirty, smelly, cloudy or with foams of unusual coloration. If you find one or more characteristics as indicated, refrain from doing activities on that beach.

If you present any symptoms such as fever, intestinal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, severe and constant headache, eye or skin irritation, environmental authorities recommend consulting a doctor immediately.

If you do not present any symptoms of the aforementioned, despite having swum in contaminated waters, suggest avoiding a new dive and keeping alert of your own health condition.

Source: Animal Politico

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